Repair

To deposit colour, hair dye has to break through the hair cuticle. When the hair cuticle is damaged, the hair shaft is left open and vulnerable to damage. This can be worsened by the peroxide in many hair dye formulations, leaving tresses rough and parched. 

TRY: The Face Shop Damage Repair Treatment, $12.90, targets damaged follicles with Moroccan argan oil and hydrolysed keratin.

 

Nourish

With these DIY kits, you can switch hues in the convenience of your home. That’s not all; many are also made with ingredients and technologies that aim to strengthen your strands from the inside out. 

TRY: L’Oreal Paris Excellence, $18.90, comes with a revolutionary triple-care formula to protect your mane during the process of colouring.

 

Shield

Colour fades faster in Singapore, no thanks to the high humidity and strong UV rays. To make colour last longer, go for products that help block out these oxidising agents, advises Jesly Teoh Kiu Khee, creative director of Picasso Hair Studio.

TRY: Redken Color Extend Magnetics Radiant-10 Spray, $32, is a leave-in treatment that boasts 10 benefits, from boosting hydration and manageability to frizz reduction. 

 

Boost

If you can’t live without styling tools like a straightening iron, protect your strands with a spray or serum. Look for one with dimethicone, a molecule that coats your strands and shields them from heat exposure. 

TRY: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Brilliant Glaze Thermo-milk, $58, enhances shine and suppleness with a unique blend of refining lipids, goji berry extract and musk rose oil. 

 

Strengthen

To protect against the weakening brought on by chemical processes, aim to deep-condition your hair every week.    

TRY: Wella SP Color Save Mask, $59.92, hydrates, detangles and staves off colour shifting. 

 

Soothe

If you must get your mane bleached, know that the aftermath goes beyond dryness and brittleness; the strong chemicals in bleach can also cause a stinging or burning sensation on the scalp. To calm the irritation, your best bets are sulphate-free formulas that are gentler on skin.

TRY: L’Oreal Paris Oleotherapy Hair Expertise Sulfate-free System Shampoo and Conditioner, $15.90 each, offer six flower oils, including argan, camomile and flaxseed to gently cleanse without weighing your strands down.

 

Maintain 

Shampoos and conditioners for coloured hair impart a glossy sheen to tresses and delay fading, so your colour job looks vibrant for longer. Red carpet-ready mane, here we come! 

TRY: Matrix Biolage Colorlast, from $26, harnesses the orchid’s fade-defying properties to keep colour lustrous for up to nine weeks.